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How to set Macro Security in PowerPoint


If PowerPoint's macro security settings are too strict, your code won't run.

PowerPoint may not even give the user any warning that the code is being prevented from running. Simply: nothing happens.

Suggested security settings

Appropriate macro security settings will allow the code to run and still give the user adequate protection.

In PowerPoint 2007 and later:

In PowerPoint 2003 and previous:

Microsoft recommends against lower security settings and we completely agree. It can be a nuisance having to OK a warning message every time you open a file that includes macros, but it's better than taking a chance that a malicious macro might do serious damage to your computer.

What about add-ins?

These settings will give users a similar warning message when they install a PPA or PPAM add-in in PowerPoint but once they OK the message, the add-in will load. From then on, there will be no more warning messages.

Other security measures

Depending on your needs, you can also apply Digitial Signatures to your presentations and add-ins.

PowerPoint 2007 and later support Trusted Folders, special user-designated folders whose contents are trusted ... not subject to the usual security restrictions PowerPoint imposes.

Both of these techniques are beyond the scope of this article, but if you're a developer planning to distribute your add-ins or code to many users, they're worth looking into.

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How to set Macro Security in PowerPoint
Last update 02 May, 2016